Health Information Technician
Health information technicians work from behind the scenes of healthcare. Health Information Technology is an emerging, growing field in medicine, offering many career opportunities. They make it possible for healthcare providers to better manage patient care. Working in health information technology is a great way to enter the workforce in the growing healthcare industry. A health information technician is a unique job because it doesn’t require direct patient care. They collect, organize, and analyze data used in healthcare. In hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and insurance companies, they ensure the accuracy and security of medical records.
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Courses in health information technology typically include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards.
Licensing and/or Certifications
Post-secondary certificates are available to individuals that earn a Certified Coding Associate (CCA) or a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certificate. With a Certified Coding Associate certificate, individuals can land an entry level position as a medical coder. An individual must have at least six months of experience in a healthcare organization before they can take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) certification exam. With a Certified Coding Specialist certificate, individuals are highly skilled in classifying health records and health information. Individuals who have completed an accredited training program through the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIM) are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification exam administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Experienced Registered Health Information Technicians often pursue additional training and credentials to complete a Bachelor’s or a Master’s Degree in Health Information Management, which enables them to advance into healthcare administration.
A Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) is an individual who has received credentials for their expertise in health information data analysis. For an individual to receive these credentials, it typically requires four to five years of work experience in the health information field and a bachelor’s degree. Once these additional educational requirements are met, the individual must take a national exam. An individual that has a Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security...